Congregational Songs

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  • Jesus, You Are Here

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/jesus_you_are_here.mp3

    In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “shelter in place” order took effect at midnight; an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, everyone is to stay home except for the necessities. When I woke this morning, I considered how quickly the world changes. People all over Michigan–all over the world–are finding themselves confined to their homes. Maybe they’re dreading the silence. Maybe they can’t imagine getting through a whole day with all their children at home. Maybe they’ll lie awake at night worrying about their loved ones catching the virus.

    This simple song, dubbed “a hymn for sheltering in place” reminds us that Jesus walks with us during these times.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available at Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • Joy

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/plantinga-joy.mp3"][/audio]

    “Joy” is a short, meditative refrain in Taizé style based on the writings of St. John of the Cross.

    This hymn (including chord symbols and an instrumental descant) is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (HYMN TO JOY)

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    Nothing beats Beethoven’s original as found in the 9th Symphony, but if your pianist or praise band is going to lead “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You” this arrangement really sparkles–and the strings really bring it to another level.

  • Labor On!

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/labor_on.mp3

    A work song for church? This song is unique in that it focuses on Jesus’ work on this earth and encourages us to follow him in our own labors and in fighting for the rights of laborers–especially the working poor who face so much injustice and inequity.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Lead On, O King Eternal (LANCASHIRE)

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/lead_on_o_king_eternal.mp3"][/audio]

    This triumphant hymn of commitment sounds wonderful on organ or piano, but worship team? Not so much. This leadsheet and rough demo provide an alternative approach for leading the hymn in a band context.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Let His Name Be Lifted Up

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/let_his_name-1.mp3"][/audio]

    The verses of this song celebrate the crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and return of Christ–each being a reason to sing “Let His Name Be Lifted Up” in the chorus!

  • Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/lord_god_now_let_your_servant.mp3"][/audio]

    The Nunc Dimmittis, Simeon’s song of praise in Luke, is set to a flowing melody for congregation. What better benediction could there be at the end of a worship service than to join Simeon in saying “Let us depart in peace for our eyes have seen the Savior”?

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • Lord, We Set Apart This Time

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/lord_we_set_apart_this_time.mp3"][/audio]

    This hymn makes the perfect bookends for a service: verse one is a call to worship and verse two is a call to service. It is written in four-parts and sounds beautiful sung by a cappella choir.

    This hymnis a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • MAESTRO

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/throughout_these_lenten_days.mp3

    This Common Meter tune was first written for the text “Thoughout These Lenten Days,” which is paired with TALLIS CANON in Sing! A New Creation. I love the Tallis tune, but it felt too static for the movement that takes place in the six verses of James Gertmenian’s text. So I wrote this sweeping melody that is reminescent of English cathedral melodies such as KING’S WESTON. One of my choir members liked the tune so much that he took to calling me “maestro” ever since he sang it. Since the tune earned me that title, I thought it would be an appropriate title for the tune as well.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Make Us One within Your Spirit

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/make_us_one-SATB_organ_brass.mp3"][/audio]

    What started its life as a hymn of unity based on Ephesians 4 soon became an anthem for SATB Choir, Organ, and Brass, commissioned by River Road Presbyterian Church in honor of their retiring music direction, and my friend, Larry Heath.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • Many Fields to Plow

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/moody-many_fields_to_plow.mp3"][/audio]

    “Many Fields to Plow” is a unique hymn in that it touches on themes of vocation, contentment, Sabbath, and our role in God’s beautiful, fertile world. Above is a demo with voice and guitar; below is a computer playback of the piano accompaniment.

    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/moody-the_fields_to_plow-organ.mp3

  • MARY MAGDALENE OF GRAND RAPIDS

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/blest_be.mp3

    Michael Perry’s 1973 setting of the Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79), “Blest Be the God of Israel” is usually paired with MERLE’S TUNE by Hal Hopson. That’s a beautiful tune, but sometimes a hymn needs more brawn than beauty. This new tune has a lot of similarities to the Peruvian Gloria, which could be used as an extended Amen at the end of the song.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

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